PhD Career Center

Prix thèse

Objective: improving the preparedness of future graduates for high-level careers through initiatives which reinforce, promote and capitalize on the skills of doctoral students and the PhDs awarded by Bordeaux universities.

The Thesis Prize call for applications is opened until April, 27th. Please find more information below. 

Run by the department of research and doctoral studies of the University of Bordeaux, and supported by the Initiative of Excellence of the University of Bordeaux, the PhD Career Center is open to all doctoral students of the University of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Montaigne University.

It has two components:

  • Career Planning
  • Career Promotion

The Career Planning component consists of coaching and training initiatives enabling doctoral students to formalize their professional aspirations and build their career plans through:

  • individual coaching, sponsoring and mentoring
  • access to courses in French and English for the acquisition of cross-cutting skills (such as a course on "Entrepreneurship, Business Administration and Project Management")
  • participation in trade shows, conferences and round tables with company representatives

The Career Promotion component is focused on practice-based training via:

  • expertise projects to build ties between research, development and innovation (assignments in academic environments, assignments to support operational teams in charge of "Investments for the Future" projects, assignments with enterprises or companies)
  • the full setup of projects on a topic chosen by the PhD graduate: organizing conferences (Aquidoc exhibition), meetings (After lab), creating workshops (Cap Sciences), etc.
  • participation in PhD promotion initiatives aimed at future employers (thesis prize)

Find the list of initiatives offered by the PhD Career Center on the website of the College of Doctoral Studies.


College of Doctoral Studies


Tel : 05 40 00 63 51

Thesis Prize 2018

Organized by the College of Doctoral Studies, the Thesis Prize of the University of Bordeaux, as part of the Excellence Initiative of Bordeaux (IdEx Bordeaux), has been created in order to promote high quality thesis and motivate young doctors by distinguishing the best fundamental and applied research of Bordeaux Universities. The present call concerns PhD graduates who have defended their thesis in 2017 at the University of Bordeaux and the University of Bordeaux Montaigne.

Prix de thèse 2018

Four prizes of €1500 will be awarded :

  • Science and Technology Prize
  • Biology and Health Prize
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Prize
  • The International Jury Special Prize

Award-winners will present their doctoral work during the academic year Solemn ceremony at the beginning of the academic year for doctoral students.

Candidates are invited to consult the details on how to enter the contest (eligibility conditions, timetable).

The application form must be completed and documents uploaded by 27 April 2018 at the latest.

Please find all information about this call on the College of Doctoral Studies website : more information

Contact :

The College of Doctoral Studies

Tel : 05 40 00 33 99

Former Thesis Prizes


Out of 48 submissions, 10 candidates were short-listed and 4 were awarded prizes:

  • Social and Human Science prize: Sarah Marie Cabon (Law) for her thesis entitled "Négociation en matière pénale" (Negotiating in the field of criminal law), supervised by Valérie Malabat (Institute of Criminal Science, ISCJ, University of Bordeaux).
  • Science and Technology prize: Natacha Kinadjian (Chemical Science) for her thesis entitled "Chimie intégrative dédiée aux morphosynthèses de matériaux composites multi-échelles et l’étude de leurs applications en photoluminescence photocatalysc et photovoltaïque" (Integrative Chemistry based morphosyntheses of hierarchical composite materials for photovoltaic, photocatalysis and photoluminescence applications), jointly supervised by Rénal Backov (CRPP, University of Bordeaux), Eric Prouzet (University of Waterloo, Canada) and Catherine Henrist (University of Liège, Belgium).

  • Biology-Health prize: Audrey Mauguen (Societies, Politics and Public Health) for her thesis entitled "La  construction et validation d’outils pronostiques pour les temps de survie : modèles conjoints à fragilités pour récidives de cancer et décès" (Construction and validation of prognostic tools for survival times: shared frailty models for cancer recurrences and deaths), supervised by Virginie Rondeau (INSERM  U897, University of Bordeaux).

  • Special Prize of the International Jury: Dominik Pajak (Mathematics and Computer Science) for his thesis entitled "Algorithmes pour l’exploration parallèle d’un graphe déterminé" (Algorithms for deterministic parallel graph exploration), supervised by Adrian Kosowski (INRIA, University of Bordeaux).


Out of 55 submissions, 13 candidates were short-listed and 4 were awarded prizes:


Out of 78 submissions, 10 candidates were short-listed and 4 were awarded prizes:

  • Science and Technology prize: Mareva Fevre/Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères Organiques/Title: "Phosphines, carbènes N-hétérocycliques (NHCS) et nouveaux précurseurs de NHCS pour la catalyse organique de réactions (macro)moléculaires" (Phosphines, N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) and Novel NHC Precursors for Organic Catalysis of (Macro)molecular Reactions)
  • Biology/Health prize: Marie-Elise Truchelet / Laboratory: UMR CNRS / Title: "Etude de l’implication de l’axe IL-23/Th17 dans deux modèles physiopathologiques humains : la réponse à Mycoplasma hominis et la scérodermie systémique" (Study of the IL-23/Th17 axis involvement in two physiopathological human models: response to Mycoplasma hominis and systemic sclerosis).
  • Social and Human Science prize: Isabelle Salle / Gretha: UMR 5113 Title: "Apprentissage, hétérogénéité et politique monétaire : une application aux régimes de ciblage de l’inflation" (Heterogeneity, Learning and Monetary Policy: an Application to Inflation Targeting Regimes)
  • Special Prize of the Jury: Isabelle Fauquet/Montaigne Humanities/Title "L’exemplarité de la fiction dans le roman espagnol contemporain" (The exemplarity of fiction in the contemporary Spanish novel)


Out of 61 submissions, 12 candidates were short-listed and 4 were awarded prizes:

  • Science and Technology prize: Oriane Bonhomme / Laboratory: LOF, UMR5258 / Title: "Étude de la formation de fibres en microfluidique : compétition entre mise en forme et gélification de fluides complexes sous écoulement" (Study of the formation of fibers in microfluidics: competition between the forming and gelation of complex fluids under flow)
  • Biology/Health prize: Thomas Papouin / Laboratory: Inserm U862 - Magendie Neurocenter / Title: "Contrôle endogène des Récepteurs du glutamate de type NMDA par le site co-agoniste" (Endogenous control of NMDA receptors through their co-agonist binding site)
  • Social and Human Science prize: Solange Rigaud / Laboratory: PACEA, UMR5199 / Title: "La parure : traceur de la géographie culturelle et des dynamiques de peuplement au passage Mésolithique-Néolithique en Europe" (Personal ornaments: a proxy for tracing cultural geography and population dynamics at the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Europe)
  • Special Prize of the Jury: Laurent Lanceleur / Laboratory: EPOC, UMR 5805 / Title: "L’argent : sources, transfert et bioaccumulation - Cas du système fluvio-estuarien girondin" (Silver: sources, transfer and bioaccumulation: case of the Gironde fluvio-estuarine system)

162 doctoral students enrolled in programs in 2014/2015

52 academic programs offered


8 seminars


4 Thesis Prize awards  

4 additional initiatives (focusing on expertise and the value of the doctorate)

4 meetings with companies in  2015/2016

Jérémie Parot, doctorant, à propos de la formation « Séminaire entrepreneuriat » organisée par Entrepreneuriat Campus Aquitaine (ECA)© Jérémie Parot

For doctoral students who contemplate the possibility of setting up a business, I recommend this program. It shows them that entrepreneurship can offer a promising future. Meetings and discussions with IAE professors and entrepreneurs provide a clear vision of how to set up a business, from the initial idea to the business plan, showing that this is not insurmountable.

Jérémie Parot,
Doctoral student, talking about the "Entrepreneurial Seminar" organized by Entrepreneuriat Campus Aquitaine (ECA)

Organizing a summer school is a great learning experience and a real asset for the future. Researchers periodically organize events, which may take several forms, but which all require the same skills. This assignment has given me a certain grasp of the university's rules concerning markets and communication, which apply to the organization of such a project and which we have to taken into consideration

Sabrina Schilling,
Doctoral Student, talking about her supplementary assignment to organize the Neurepiomics summer school

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PhD graduates honored through the Thesis PrizePhD graduates honored through the Thesis Prize

Since 2012, the Thesis Prize has been the opportunity to highlight the quality of the work done by PhD graduates in Bordeaux’ universities. A multi-disciplinary jury composed of international experts hears and selects the prize winners from among the previous year’s PhD graduates (pre-selected by the doctoral schools). 4 prizes are awarded every year: Humanities and Social Science Prize, Science and Technology Prize, Biology/Health Prize, and Special Prize of the International Jury.